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This Melbourne lass slides through issues of love, life and all that comes inbetween then wraps it up in some sizzling australian electro-hip hop lushness.
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Interview: 25 June 2007
Describe your music...
Lush electro hip hop. Beats, words, verbs, and squelches mixed up with cuts and scratches. I use lots of live instruments like bass, harmonica, ukulele, flute, piano, melodica etc and layer them up against purely electronic sounds. Then I have a good rant over the top.
Who's been a big musical influence for you?
My favorite all time electronic musician is Luke Vibert, aka Wagon Christ. His beats are so tight and fat at the same time and he really makes electronic noises sing. I dig that. Also, he showed me how to use all my equipment when I lived in London and that was pretty invaluable!
What’s the local electronic music community like in Melbourne?
Melbourne’s got a buzzing electronic music community. I’ve been doing shows recently with a local trip hop duo, Ionic (originally from Newcastle), and we organize shows with lots of other electro acts and the choice is really wide and varied. There are heaps of people producing really quality music and everyone’s really friendly and into putting on shows together.
How do you know when a song is finished?
I have 100s of unfinished tracks just sitting around asking me the same question! Usually if I don’t get the guts of the track down in one sitting, ie at least a couple of verses and basic framework, I never really finish it. Usually my songs are only completely finished the night before I end up in the mastering studio.
You've recently spent time mac-top-djing around the country. How does this compare to working in a studio?
Laptop DJing is fun because I have access to so many tracks and loops and effects etc. I try to mix it up a bit by playing with the loops in Ableton, keeping that live element involved so that I’m not just standing there mixing, but it doesn’t have the free reign creativity that you get in the studio. When I’m in the studio I can just zone out into another universe – I might have the same loop running for an hour and a half while I muck about with different sounds and you can’t do that live! Also, my cat hangs out with me in the studio but I can’t take him to live shows.
I’ve also been doing proper live shows with scratch artist DJ Noir (from Sydney) and he mixes the tracks and scratches while I MC and play instruments etc. That’s cool because I get to play all my instruments and improvise a bit which keeps it fresh.
What have you got planned for the future?
I’m planning to make the live show even more live by adding a live drummer and other musicians. I’m also collaborating on new tracks with my favorite producer in London which is exciting! And I plan to do more shows in lots of exciting places...
Australian music is…
...vibrant, diverse and absolutely bursting at the seams with talent. We might be in a drought but it’s definitely not a creative drought...
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